Freelancers, Take Control of Your Meeting Schedule


One of the biggest advantages of being self-employed is having the flexibility to dictate your schedule.

Many freelancers find themselves frittering away their days,

unsure of how to leverage their autonomy.

One way to be more efficient is to cluster all your client meetings on the same days. Those days will be long and intense, but they’ll allow you unfettered productive work on the other days.

This is especially important if you have to travel for your meetings: If you can tackle multiple meetings downtown on one day, you’ve saved yourself hours of painful commuting. And before you even agree to that in-person meeting, make sure it’s a good use of your time.

Ask questions about the agenda, and only attend if an important issue needs to be discussed and decided. Otherwise, gently suggest that you’re available by phone or email.

Adapted from “Scheduling Meetings Effectively When You’re Self-Employed,” by Dorie Clark

FREELANCE

Trevor Lee

tblee@ceo-worldwide.com

http://www.ceo-worldwide.com

@trevorblee

Why Start-Ups Succeed.


Five metrics from Bill Gross of IdeaLab.

Bill is a Serial start-up entrepreneur.

#1 Timing (is the customer ready) 42%

#2 Team (A team always beats B team even if they have lesser product) 32%

#3 Idea (is it novel, innovative or disruptive of what already exists) 28%

#4 Model (is the business model sound with the right structure and skill set) 24%

#5 Funding (always easy once marketplace traction is achieved) 14%

Analysis based on over 100 start-ups.

TedTalk link:
https://www.ted.com/talks/bill_gross_the_single_biggest_reason_why_startups_succeed?

entrepeneur

Trevor Lee – EP International

http://www.ep-i.net

http://www.ceo-worldwide.com

@trevorblee

We provide C-suite services in the field of talent acquisition, development and retention.

A Check List for Entrepreneurs


A by-no-means exhaustive list but I hope useful for those in start-up mode.

• It’s usually better to have a co-founder than go it alone.

• Being an entrepreneur is not about being in love with an idea, it’s about being in love with running a company.

• Having a highly homogeneous (background, education, values, preferences, etc) very early team is better than not — cuts down on time-wasting arguments.

• If there is any doubt about hiring a candidate for your first 5-6 positions, there is no doubt — do not.

• You cannot hire a co-founder.

• Figure out one thing each of your investors is genuinely really good at, and insist they help you with that. Among other things it will save you from their help in other areas.

• Leadership by example is the most effective type. It’s a little irrational, but it inspires people.

• Have a cardboard box at board meetings where attendees must deposit their smartphones at the start for the entire duration of the meeting.

• If you have a co-founder, give them a board seat. If you can, keep one more for yourself, and leave it empty.

entrepeneur

Trevor Lee – EP International

http://www.ep-i.net

http://www.ceo-worldwide.com

@trevorblee

We provide C-suite services in the field of talent acquisition, development and retention.